The popularity of Neurokinetic Therapy has been steadily rising in the health and fitness industry over the last several years. The reason is simple. It’s effective. Practitioners are able to immediately use the technique after their first seminar. Patients/clients get faster results that actually last. What exactly is it?
It’s a neurobiomechanical system for movement. As described by the NKT® website:
“NeuroKinetic Therapy corrective movement system, is a sophisticated assessment and treatment modality that addresses the causes of dysfunctional movement/coordination problems at their root in the motor control center in the cerebellum.”
NKT® identifies movement imbalances by using a unique protocol to determine what functions are neurologically disconnected and what functions are compensating for them. Adding this approach to visual or orthopedic assessments, manual or self release techniques, and corrective rehabilitation systems will allow you to help restore proper movement patterns and reprogram the MCC.
We Move in Patterns
The goal is to help restore dynamic balance by addressing the cause of faulty movement patterns. Ideally we can move from A, to point B, to point C without effort. It happens naturally. However, when the body is introduced to injury or trauma it goes into survival mode. The body-mind connection derives a way to get you to where you need to be.
Example. You’re out walking along and you twist your ankle on that gnarly branch that reached out out grabbed you. After you brush yourself off from that graceful faceplant you limp on. You can’t just stay on the ground and drag your ass to wherever you need to be. And, frankly, nobody is going to carry you, so you have to keep going. Your body is efficiently putting you into a compensation pattern to move on.
Compensation is how we roll. We do it so well that we don’t know we’re doing it. Occasionally, we get stuck in that less than efficient compensation pattern. The CNS gets a little lazy and figures its been getting to where its supposed to be going so it adopts this pattern. It becomes so normal that we go day to day evolving new compensation patterns to work for our compensation patterns. Nevermind the aggressive hip pain and low back pain that has developed from the epic faceplant branch incident that we don’t talk about.
The pattern builds upon itself and then suddenly we wake up one day in pain. We have no idea why we are in pain, we can’t remember getting injured recently, or maybe we slept on it weird (my personal favorite explanation from clients), but something is going on though. That something could be that twisted ankle that happened 20 years ago. How is that possible? COMPENSATION. The brain said, ‘Danger Will Robinson’, and developed a strategy to keep you going.
Neurokinetic Therapy Embraces Failure
NKT uses the CNS’ ultimate learning tool, failure, to optimize movement. When we fail, we are open to learning new ways of doing things.
Neurokinetic Therapy allows the practitioner to reopen the neural pathways and help the brain learn a new pattern. This happens by utilizing manual muscle testing to get a sense of dysfunction, NKT® protocol, and strategic correctives to burn in a more efficient pattern for the brain to adapt.
What can Neurokinetic Therapy help with?
- low back pain
- neck pain
- repetitive strain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- shoulder injuries
- elbow injuries
- knee injuries
- plantar fasciitis
- pelvic floor issues
Are you a Health or Fitness Practitioner that would like to learn more about NKT?
NKT changed my perspective in working with the human body. If you’ve been following my wristings for any length of time you know that my practice completely changed when I added the lens of NKT to my toolkit. I’d love to share this experience with you. Join me for one of our ever popular Chicago courses or inquire about hosting a class.